Italy’s coastguard is working with 1200 people on two boats at sea that have been in trouble to save them.
was the boat carrying 400 people. It had been previously reported that it was taking on water together with others on board in “imminent death danger”.
A plane from German NGO Sea-Watch International was able to locate the fishing boat.
It had taken off from Tobruk, Libya, but it has become stranded at sea.
On Monday, the Italian coastguard also assisted a boat that carried 800 people and was found over 120 miles southwest of Siracusa in Sicily.
According to the statement, this operation was complicated due to the large number of passengers onboard.
Coastguard spokesperson said that it would take hours for the two operations to be completed due to difficult conditions and the distance from the coast.
It said that the Italian coastguard had already saved around 2,000 migrants from Friday before these operations.
The Mediterranean Sea is one the busiest migration routes in the world and has claimed many lives.
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Over the Easter weekend, there was a surge of people trying to cross from North Africa to the Mediterranean.
Germany’s Resqship said that it also helped with a wreck Saturday. It found 25 people in the water and they said they were there for about two hours.
“Our crew was capable of recovering 22 survivors and two dead,” the aid group tweeted. Survivors also stated that about 20 people had drowned.
The Nadir, the ship of the group, carried the migrants to Lampedusa, an Italian island.
“We are mad. “This is an unimaginable tragedy that could and should have been prevented by taking a humanitarian approach towards migration rather than barb-wiring European borders,” ResQship stated.
After a complicated 11-hour operation in stormy waters by the Geo Barents, 440 migrants were saved off Malta last week.
vessel of Doctors Without Borders (MSF charity).
According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, this year has seen 35,976 people arrive in Europe via the sea.
It is believed that at least 443 people died trying to reach Europe from the region.